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Eye Of The Needle [Mass Market Paperback]

Ken Follett
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July 27 2000
One enemy spy knows the secret if the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin--code name: "The Needle"--who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is coming to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.

Ken Follett's unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and dangerous machinations of the human heart.


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"A spy novel of the highest order." -- -- Baltimore Sun

"Follett is a master." -- Time

"Heart-stopping, nerve-freezing...Truly suspenseful...Extraordinarily satisfying." -- -- Los Angeles Times

"Thrilling." -- -- The New York Times Book Review

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! One Great Book Feb. 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Eye of The Needle is a super-great WWII spy thriller that takes place in England right before D-Day. The Germans have had spies planted in England since before the War started. The British have slowly but surely been catching them. Now they have come across Germany's #1 spy and he is bound and determined to make it back to Germany at all cost with Allied top secret information that will change the course of the war! This book will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout the whole story. This was my first book that I've read from Ken Follett. I have already ordered all of his other WWII books; I can't wait!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Brilliant! It's Absurd! Dec 4 2000
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How can a book that starts out so brilliantly collapse so completely halfway through? That's when the title character, The Needle, a WWII German spy who has thus far thwarted the best efforts of several nations to stop him, is forced into a showdown with -- get this -- a beautiful young Englishwoman. And of course the fate of the free world hangs in the balance, etc., etc.
Now in any sort of plausible universe, our hero would dispatch this broad faster than you could say "Heil Hitler." So why are there still 150 pages left in the book? Let me just say this: Prepare to have your patience and credulity stretched to really painful dimensions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Saw My Face Nov. 9 2003
By Lydia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ken Follet's Eye of the Needle was an extraordinary book about a German spy named Faber, who knows the greatest secret of the Allies. If he gets the information to Hitler than the war is most likely to be won by the Nazis.

It is a race between Faber and many intelligent Allies. Two of them, Godliman and Bloggs have traced back many murders and crimes to Faber and are always close to catching him but somehow he always finds a way to escape. They both know that The Needle, Faber's codename, is very important and close to Hitler because he ends his letters with , Regards to Willi.
Which most spies would never be that casual with their leaders.
Follet also tells the story of two of the important people following Faber. Godliman was a professor before the war started and throughout the search for Faber he remembers seeing him somewhere when he was younger. Bloggs is young and has just lost his wife in a bombing. He blames every Nazi for this and will doing anything to find and kill Faber.
Follet also tells of a young couple who are living their lives on a small cozy island with their son while all of this is going on. David, the husband, was going to fly a plane for the allies but got in a car accident and lost his legs. They both act happy when visitors come but Lucy, David's wife, knows there is something missing between them.

The Needle ruthlessly kills anyone that gets in between him and the Fuehrer. He even kills people on his own side. That is the reason, though, that thousands of people are looking for him but no one can find him. Follett adds an interesting pattern at the ends of the chapters that The Needle kills someone end with the phrase "You saw my face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a typical Ken Follett novel July 28 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ken Follett's novels are particularly well suited to reading on trains and aeroplanes. They are short, easy reads which easily survive the interruptions inherent in those surroundings.
This novel fits the mold perfectly - the characters are more or less drawn from the stock characters of action/adventure/intrigue stories - the icy cold and thoroughly competent enemy spy, the intellectual, professorial good guy who somehow manages to stay one step behind the spy throughout the story, and the beautiful and thoroughly unqualified female who implausibly saves the day at the last minute.
The general plot is that a German spy has discovered the disinformation campaign that the Allies are using to divert attention from the preparation for D-Day. There is a race to capture or kill him before he can communicate the information to his masters in Berlin.
The book is the literary equivalent of a candy bar. It's not intellectually nourishing or nutritious, but it's a great way to kill some time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wildly Entertaining Thrill Ride Oct. 24 2002
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Ken Follett established himself in the thriller genre with this novel, first published in 1978. It was an instant bestseller and later made into a movie with Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan.
The premise: Henry Faber (codename: "Die Nadel") an individualistic and ruthless German agent (one of the last German spies not scooped up by MI5) is assigned to investigate whether or not Lt. General Patton's First United States Army Group is massing in East Anglia for the expected invasion of Calais, the area the German High Command expects the Allies to assault. Faber discovers that Patton's Army is a phony. The Allies are deceiving German intelligence with fake messages, troop concentrations and dummy barracks (which look real to German reconnaisance aircraft).
However careful as Faber is, the British counterintelligence agents Percival Godliman and Fred Bloggs, a history professor and policeman respectively, are a brilliant team that discover "Die Nadel" and are hot on his trail.
Eluding the police and the Home Guard and killing any and all who suspect his identity, Faber heads north to make a rendezvouz with a U-boat. His escape is thwarted by bad weather and he is washed ashore on Storm Island, a nearly deserted piece of rock in the North Sea, where Lucy Rose, a beautiful, but frustrated wife of a legless RAF pilot lives. In time, she discovers Faber's true identity....
I don't usually like thrillers, but this one kept me up. I read it over 20 years ago and have read it a few times since. Follett is a good story teller and his research for the story is wonderful. His portrayals of the German leaders, Hitler, Rundstedt and Rommel are superb.
I liked the film version too, though I believe it would be ideal for a remake (my choices for Faber would be Ralph Fiennes and for Lucy Kate Winslett or Helena Bonham Carter).
Time hasn't dimmed this book. It still holds up and is a classic of World War II espionage. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the Needle is a Must Read
Brilliantly written and researched novel of a fascinating period in history. Every word of the blurb was true. Ken Follett is a master.
Published 2 months ago by Hugh Gray Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Follett at his best
Again, another compulsively readable tale of heroism and genius set during a time in our not so distant past. I am biased. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michal
4.0 out of 5 stars recommend
I liked the way the story tied everything together. Fast paced. Enjoyed reading this novel Would definitely recommend for reading. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gail Talbot
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceit Abounds
For those just getting around to this novel keep in mind that it was published in 1978. So the story and plot devices may not seem fresh because you will have probably read similar... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jeffrey Swystun
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!!!
One of his best books.I would recommend it to everyone.
His stories are historical fiction. This one certainly held my attention.
Published 13 months ago by abbylane
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the Needle
This is one of the best of the books from Ken Follett. An amazing story that is full of surprises and intrigue. The ending was so good!
Published 15 months ago by Alma Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love Follett novels and this one didn't disappoint. Bonus is that it's less than hi usual thousand pages. Highly recommend
Published 15 months ago by Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars The eye of the needle
I have read it years ago.Dated now of course but still a good read interesting to compare those times to todays world
Published 18 months ago by cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the Needle
It was a great story and an excellent book; I found it hard to put down! I have recommended it.
Published 18 months ago by Kathy Eccleston
2.0 out of 5 stars Over all, not a bad book
I am used to his epics Pillars of the Earth (which I read twice) and World without end, and do enjoy his work overall. Read more
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